The Opinion Shop Blog
Posted on March 10, 2014
One of the beauties of Facebook is that your friends become editors for you, choosing among the endless stories, videos and websites and sharing things that you often wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
Here are five favorite things I saw today:
1) Absolutely love the idea in this article from the Atlantic: “Exchanging a blanket for a Code Blue: How some hospitals are prioritizing comfort and connection at the end of life.” An excerpt: “This was a new kind of cart that is being implemented at a number of hospitals across the country: the comfort cart. Unlike the crash cart, it does not contain a cardiac defibrillator, endotracheal tubes, or powerful medications such as epinephrine and dopamine. Instead it contains much lower-tech but nonetheless powerful items, including music, scriptures in various faith traditions, and a variety of homemade “love” blankets. For the patient’s family, it also includes information on grief, the dying process, and lists of area support groups, funeral homes, and community assistance programs for burial. Finally, it contains a plaster kit for making a cast of the dying patient’s hand.” Read it here.
Posted on February 26, 2014
Former N&O editorial page editor Steve Ford cites a new study in writing on the N.C. Council of Churches blog about the recent changes in North Carolina election laws. Here’s an excerpt:
Letters to the Editor: Teachers, N.C. legislature, Moral March, Claude Pope, teacher gifts, voter ID, Sen. Bob Rucho, Sen. Richard Burr, West Virginia toxic spill, high school sexting
Posted on February 25, 2014
These letters were not published in the print edition but deserve a look.
Posted on February 24, 2014
L.V. Corbett, a longtime, prolific writer of letters to the editor of The N&O, has died.
Posted on February 18, 2014
Over the past months, we’ve gotten more Points of View submissions and letters to the editor than we can possibly print from teachers and other educators and those who love and support them. So here is a sampling of the sorts of good but too-long letters we’re getting.